Ever wanted to copy some text in an image to a text file for some reason. For example one of your clients submitted a document in an image format, you do not want to ask them again for the file. Or, you are trying to read few lines of text from a screenshot, especially in other languages which you cannot manually type. In all such scenarios, you might want to copy text from an image. Don’t worry, in this article we are going to take a look at some of the easiest methods to leverage text content from any image.
1. Using an Online Text Extractor
There are several online text extractors available which you can use without any software installation. These tools will simply allow you to upload an image that contains text, and converts it into a readable and editable text document of your choice. There is an abundance of such tools all over the internet which you can choose from based on the features and formats you want to read from or write to. Some good examples of such online text extractors include Brandfolder Text Extractor, Online OCR, and Small SEO Tools Image to Text. You can choose any one of them based on your preferences and the features they offer. Most of them work flawlessly without any issues from our tests.
2. Using a Software
If you do not feel like using an online tool to extract text from images, There are several software tools available on the market that allows you to do the same. One popular example is Techsmith Snagit. It is a screenshot and screen capture tool but also serves several other purposes including image editing along with text capture. For example, if you want to copy a few lines of text from the Internet, from any website, all you have to do is taking a screenshot using Snagit and grabbing the text later. Snagit is just an example, there are several other tools that provide the same functionality.
3. Using Apps
If you use smartphones more than computers, you may not want to depend on other online services or software that can be installed on the computers. In that case, you can depend on an application that is available from the respective app stores such as Play Store, iTunes store, etc. Numerous applications are available for both Android and iOS that serve the purpose. Some of them include Text Scanner and Text Scanner [OCR]. You can pick one based on the features they provide and your specific usage cases.
Many of the above-mentioned software or tools may not support the specific language you want to extract from the image. Most of them support popular languages such as English, Spanish, French, German, Arabic, etc. However, if you are looking to copy some less-used languages, you might face some troubles. So make sure that the specific application or tool you are using to convert the text support that specific language you are trying to copy. So, good luck with that.